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Review of Child Labour Laws of Barbados

It is recommended that compliance with ILO Convention No. 182 requires that the Defence Act be amended to increase the age of recruitment to the Defence Force to 18 years as exists in the other Caribbean countries whose laws were reviewed in this study.

4.3.5

Use, procuring or offering a child for prostitution, pornography or pornographic performances

According to Section 13 of the Sexual Offences Act, 1992, A person who- (a) procures a minor under sixteen years of age to have sexual intercourse with any person either in Barbados or elsewhere; or (b) procures another for prostitution, whether or not the person procured is already a prostitute, either in Barbados or elsewhere; or (c) procures another to become an inmate of a brothel or to frequent a brothel, whether the person procured is already an inmate of a brothel in Barbados or elsewhere, is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for fifteen years.

Section 17 of the Sexual Offences Act holds liable a person who being the owner, occupier or manager of the premises; or having control of premises or assisting in the management or control of the premises, induces or knowingly suffers a minor under sixteen years of age to resort to or to be in or upon the premises for the purpose of having sexual intercourse with any other person. According to Section 12(2), a person who commits an act of serious indecency with or towards a child under the age of 16 years or incites the child under that age to such an act with him or another is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term of fifteen years.

It is recommended that legislation be enacted to make the use, procuring or offering a child under the age of 18 years for prostitution, pornography or pornographic performances an offence.

The Sexual Offences Act ensures that all persons responsible for the offences are punished. Section 18 of the Sexual Offences Act lays down provisions to punish the person who keeps, manages, or assists in the management of a brothel. Section 19 imposes penalties on a person who knowingly lives wholly or in part on the earnings of prostitution or in any place solicits for immoral purposes.

The Protection of Children Act, 1990 offers protection to children under 18 from exploitation in pornography. According to Section 3 of the Act;

  • (1)

    Any person who-

    • (a)

      takes or permits to be taken any indecent photograph of a child; or

    • (b)

      distributes or shows an indecent photograph of a child;

    • (c)

      has in his/her possession indecent photographs of a child whether or not with a view to their being distributed or shown by that person or others; or 34

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